The iPhone combines a cell phone with a personal digital assistant, an iPod music and video player and an Internet device that can check email and surf the Web (wow!).
Have a look at its primary features, Phone of course. It's easy to set up a conference call or to place a call on hold while you answer another. There’s even a button to allow you to quickly access your contacts while you're on the phone.
And because the iPhone easily syncs with your computer's address book, you can have all your contacts with you.
iphone is great looking, absolutely stunning form factor, the big 3.5 inch wide screen is razor sharp and truly gorgeous but somehow it just doesn’t look like a phone in my hands; it feels just a little too wide and bulky, particularly when I put it up to my ear to talk. Solution, use it with a headset. But somehow I always forget to carry mine!
Similar to Palm devices, you can add and update address book and calendar entries on your iPhone and have those reflected on your computer when you sync it.
When it comes to playing music and video, I just loved it. It has one of the biggest and brightest screens on an apple portable player. Even though I don’t really like watching movies on portable players, I love my neck more but the screen is so beautiful, may be I’d give myself one more shot!
I've enjoyed surfing the Web with it (It has one of the best versions of Apple Safari browser), and checking email. Yahoo pushmail is a great feature and you can call iphone the first true Net experience on a mobile device. But beware; the phone's browser wouldn’t be able to access content on the Web that's in some of the most popular formats, such as flash applications and Windows Media files.
Device's promised battery life claims that it will offer 24 hours of audio playback or 8 hours of talk time. But keep on watching the videos, and you’ll find your iphone go to sleep at the time of an important call.
The iPhone has been dubbed the ‘Jesus Phone’, but I certainly didn't expect it to be perfect. It is a beautiful device, yet it is deficient. It goes where no phone has gone before yet doesn’t do many things that even a simple phone can. Apple's new iPhone is what techies call a "convergence" device, meaning it combines several functions. But even with the iPhone, convergence often means compromise. Thus, it’s typical of an Apple product-astonishing yet imperfect.
Few notable features missing in the iPhone are:
Voice dialing. But, on positive note that will mean that I cannot make a call while driving, so I can’t break laws even if I want to.
3G compatibility, GPS, Strangely omitted MMS ability, no flash card slot, Doesn't work with most third-party headphones, The camera at 2.0 mega pixel is fairly pedestrian, voice quality on phone is average and almost no physical buttons means that some tasks need more steps to do (6 steps to make a call). You can’t download songs or access the iTunes store directly from the device, it can view but can’t edit or save word or excel files and most unfortunately you can’t currently install new programmes on your phones unless they are from Apple.
In US it costs $499 for the 4 GB version and $599 for 8 GB memory.
The camera lacks zoom, flash and video, some of these features may be added later through software updates; and you won't be able to use it on any US network other than AT&T’s for at least two years.
People in India will be able to hack it and thereafter your current plain GSM card will work on it and unlocked, hacked phone will have very few ‘wow’ features enabled.
You can consider “Blackberry” curve, the business alternatives while HPC Touch is the closest competitor of the iPhone.
But, all said, iPhone can be put in same leagues as of Mac pc. They showed the world a new approach. Regardless of how the iPhone will fare commercially, it should be remembered to what it brought to the table not what it lacks.